Monday, March 18, 2024

Blog Tour | A SWIFT RETURN by Fiona Barker

by Fiona Barker
Illustrator: Howard Gray
Arabic Text: Maysoon AbuBlan
Publication: February 2024
Publisher: Tiny Tree Books
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Rating: ★★★★

Aria has her head in the clouds. Yusuf keeps his feet on the ground. But when they work together to save a bird who has lost her way, something magical happens. When Swift loses her way on her epic migration. Aria and Yusuf come to her rescue and are inspired to think big about looking after the sky above their city. Inspired by Fiona and Howard’s love for wildlife of all kinds, A Swift Return is the follow-up to Setsuko and the Song of the Sea. Howard’s beautiful illustrations evoke a strong sense of place, strengthened by the beautiful Arabic text distilled by Maysoon AbuBlan.


This is such a wonderful book.

In a world where pollution threatens the beauty and balance of nature, 'A Swift Return' stands as a poignant reminder of our collective responsibility. This story, through its serene illustrations and succinct language, underscores the urgent message that we must all contribute to reducing our carbon footprints. It's a call to action for each of us to aid those who suffer the consequences of environmental damage. Aria and Yusuf, despite their tender age and differing passions, unite for a noble cause: rescuing an injured bird. Their journey is a testament to the power of collaboration in the face of adversity and highlights the imperative to recognize and act upon the duties we owe to our planet.

This book is an essential read for parents eager to inspire environmental stewardship in their young children. I recommend.


About the Author:
Fiona is a middle-aged, married mum of one. She is positively potty about picturebooks; reading them and writing them. When writing, she longs for alliterative loveliness but is reluctant to rhyme. When reading, she looks for a marriage of words and artwork and loves anything that is fun to read aloud.
Fiona loves doing school author visits and speaking to adults about picture books and children's publishing.

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*Thanks to Tiny Tree Books and @TheWriteReads for the finished copy in exhange for this unbiased review.

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